Dealing with Dupuytren’s Contracture

+THE BASICS
Dupuytren's Contracture is a condition where the elastic tissue beneath the skin of the palm (containing cord like fibrous strands) tightens and thickens, causing abnormal curling of the fingers, especially the ring and the little finger. The bending of the fingers cannot be reversed completely, making daily living difficult. Although a relatively rare condition in India, it usually affects older men. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, and diabetes are some of the risk factors. Physical examination is usually sufficient for diagnosis.
+MANAGING YOUR DAY
Dupuytren's contracture treatment involves splinting, medication and breaking the damaged cords, the last being performed only in severe cases. In early stages, using a finger splint can stabilise the injured joint to prevent worsening of the condition. Needling (Needle aponeurotomy), enzyme injection, and surgical removal of the tightened tissue are the available treatment options in advanced phases. Post treatment, you may need physical therapy under medical supervision. View assistive devices like easy grip cutlery, buttoner, uni-turner, no tie elastic shoelaces, Aktive reachers, stocking aid etc which make your daily activities easier. Toilet paper tongs will aid you while using the bathroom. Comfort grip knife, scissors, contour pen, free hand document holder, playing card holder help you to comfortably enjoy your hobbies and recreational activities. Hot and cold gel packs, infrared massagers, hand resting splint provide occasional pain relief.